Xander Berkeley and Tazmin Merchant Talk SALEM, Their Characters, What Attracted Them to the Series, and More

     May 10, 2014

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Airing Sunday nights on WGN America is Salem, Staring Shane West, Janet Montgomery, Ashley Madekwe, Seth Gabel, Xander Berkeley, Iddo Goldberg, Tazmin Merchant and Elise Eberle. Salem travels back to 17th Century Colonial Massachusetts for an alternate look at one of the darkest chapters in American history, approaching the infamous era from the point of view that witches were not only real, but manipulating the gruesome events of the trials to their will. After only three weeks on the air Salem has locked in a season two renewal, an exciting prospect considering how quickly the show has established a unique mythology.

I recently had the opportunity to visit the set in Shreveport, Louisiana where the town of Salem has been meticulously reconstructed from the ground up. While I was there I sat down for an exclusive video interview with Xander Berkeley and Tazmin Merchant. They talked about who they play on the show, what they liked about the script, what sets the Salem apart, the joys of doing a period piece, and more. Hit the jump to watch.

Xander Berkeley and Tazmin Merchan:

  • They talk about who they play in the show.
  • What did they love about the script when they first read it?
  • Merchant talks about what sets Salem apart.
  • Berkeley talks about working on a period drama.
  • Is there a particular episode they’re excited for people to see?
  • What episode were they shooting at the time?
  • They talk about being transported to 17th century Salem through the costumes and sets.

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